CAVEAT: One of the actors (Jay Kistler) has previously acted in one of my scripts for political theatre festival.
SHOW TITLE: Itch
PRODUCER: Three Knives
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Nine people tear themselves apart as they try to survive against an uncontrollable enemy. A bloody nightmare story of fear and betrayal, ITCH will crawl under your skin and stay there for a long, long time.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: Tyler Olsen is an unusually inventive local horror director — everything I’ve seen from him is blood-spattered gold.
INTERVIEWEE: Tyler Olsen (writer)
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
You know, just your average, run of the mill group of artists who enjoy eviscerating each other and scaring the crap out of people onstage. We’ve been doing it for four years now, and aside from hands that are perpetually stained pink, we have a great time doing it, and audiences have a great time watching it- even the ones who claim “not to like horror”.
So what’s the big idea?
Imagine being locked in an apartment complex with all of your coworkers, one of whom has a disease that makes you itch yourself to death, in a very bloody way. You don’t know who has it, and you don’t know who you can trust. That’s ITCH in a nutshell.
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
One of the cast members found an article about mass psychogenic illnesses (where people all exhibit e same symptoms, without any identifiable cause) and we said- “That’s creepy as hell.” We love digging into the human psyche to find nightmare fuel.
Why should I care?
Horror theater is very rarely done, but is one of the most exciting theatrical forms to watch! Being in a room with a group of people, all of you getting scared to death by a group of actors who are very real- it’s great fun.
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.
Eyes watching in dark
Blood hits the stage, together
We all Scream, scream, scream.
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